Businesses in Leamington are
hoping to pick up a national award for making the town centre a safer
place to visit.
The Warwickshire Retail Crime
Initiative is being held up as an example across the country of how a
partnership approach should work.
More than 50 members have
signed up for the initiative since it was launched last month in
Leamington town centre and at the Shires Retail Park.
And nearly 100 businesses are
involved with keeping an eye out for trouble with the town’s Retail
Paul Smedley, of Sweet
Seductions in Regent Street, who was elected to be the first chairman
of the group last week, said:
"Our success is down to
the hard work of all those in the partnership.
"We are confident that
by developing the Warwickshire Retail Crime Initiative this will
help Royal Leamington Spa to become an even safer place for people
to visit both during the day and at night.
"We hope that all the
hard work which has been put in by business, the local authority and
the police will result in Royal Leamington Spa being able to claim a
Safer Shopping Award being launched by Home Office Minister Charles
Clarke on 25 May."
Jamie Christon from House of
Fraser was elected Treasurer and Darren Griffiths confirmed as the
Warwickshire Retail Crime Initiative co-ordinator and secretary.
Town centre manager Ian Coker
"This is an important
award which will confirm the work already undertaken in making the
town centre a safe place to visit.
"We have just seen a 13
per cent reduction in recorded crime in the town centre which is
“However we already have
plans to introduce new measures to hopefully maintain this
More information about the
initiative from Paul Smedley on 01926 431017.